The Women's Foundation of California | About The Women’s Foundation California

About The Women’s Foundation California

The Women’s Foundation California is a statewide, publicly supported foundation dedicated to achieving racial, economic, and gender justice by centering the experience and expertise of communities most impacted by systemic injustice.

Our Vision

We work to invest intrain, and connect community leaders to advance gender, racial, and economic justice. We do this by providing grants to community-led organizations, training community leaders through the Women’s Policy Institute, and fostering a community of advocates, donors, policymakers, grantmakers, academics and many others through convenings to share knowledge and strengthen the social justice movement in California. Unlike private foundations, which are endowed with funds from a family’s wealth or corporate earnings, community foundations gather their financial contributions from the public — from individuals, families, and businesses who want to support social change. Learn more about our work by browsing through this website, sign up for our email alerts, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and if possible, make a donation. By making a tax-deductible charitable donation to The Women’s Foundation of California, you join many others who are dedicated to our mission of shaping a just and equitable California.

From the CEO


Surina Khan

In September of 2018 I celebrated my fourth anniversary as CEO of this incredible institution. This milestone is particularly exciting as my fifth year as CEO in 2019 coincides with the Foundation’s 40th anniversary in 2019. When we were founded in 1979, our San Francisco-based founders broke new ground by creating one of the first foundations in the country led by and for women and girls. Read more.

Our Impact